Posts From June, 2013

New Paper from LUMEDX: Transforming Pediatric Echocardiography  

LUMEDX has published a new position paper, "Transforming Pediatric Echo Management: Breakthroughs in CVIS." The paper focuses on pediatric cardiology programs and how they can increase efficiency in diagnosis and treatment by deploying information systems that deliver immediate access to complete, longitudinal patient records.

Topics addressed in the paper include:

  • Consequences of delayed time to action in pediatric heart programs
  • How linking fetal and post-natal patient records enables more comprehensive patient reports
  • Data access and sharing as a crucial component of the pediatric healthcare organization
  • The need for connected systems to accelerate fully informed diagnosis and treatment decisions
  • Why incorporating diagnostic coding such as IPCCC, ICD 9 and CPT into reports supports efficient billing and improved reimbursement

Click here to request the paper.

Friday, June 28, 2013 10:46:00 AM Categories: hospitals industry news Lumedx pediatric cardiology

Best of Health IT News: Week of 6/27/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

VA envisions an app-based future for health IT

Kathleen Frisbee, director of web and mobile solutions at the Veterans Affairs Department, discussed the future of health and mobile applications at a recent event. FierceMobile Government covers Frisbee’s statements, which were in line with comments from DoD officials.

Cloud could save health industry $11B, study says

Government Health IT covers a recent report by MeriTalk, which shows that 90% of healthcare CIOs view IT innovation as critical to success.

Healthcare IT market destined to boom in the coming five years

According to ZDNet, a new study by RnR Market Research projects that the North American healthcare IT market will see $10 billion in market growth in the next five years.

CHIME, others want feds to take their time with health IT regulation

FierceHealthIT covers a letter sent to the Obama Administration by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the American Medical Informatics Association, and other healthcare information technology stakeholders. In the letter, the organizations asked for health IT to be “implemented in a balanced way.” 

Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:39:00 AM Categories: electronic health records HIT hospitals industry news

My Job at LUMEDX: Barbara O'Brien  

Product Education Trainer Learns Something New Every Day

Barbara O’Brien is a Product Education Trainer at LUMEDX. She also is the voice behind the demos of LUMEDX’s free e-learning materials, which consist of step-by-step lessons, video demos, PDF guides, and task simulations that can be accessed 24/7.

What do you do at LUMEDX?

I work as a LUMEDX software product education trainer and conduct on-site instruction in Bellevue, on-site training at hospitals, and webinar classes. I started out in the Training department 10 years ago as a Documentation Writer, and I plan to stay here. Within six months of starting, I moved from being a writer to a trainer. Amazingly, I love what I do now just as much as I did when I first started. The job changes, but so do I.

I work with two other long-term employees. Even though I’ve been here for 10 years, I still find that my colleagues are great mentors and have helped me grow in my career. At work, I always try to represent the company in the most positive and professional manner possible. If I didn’t, my mom would yell at me!

What have you learned from working with our clients?

In working with our clients, I’ve learned that training is not a one-way street. We’re all students. I have never taught a class where I haven’t learned something from a student. After each class, I’m a little smarter. With any luck, the students are too!

What is your favorite part of working with our clients?

I love helping clinical staff make improvements that save lives.

I also like the challenge of working with software. Software is like anything else in life – you have to understand it to love it. And to understand it, you have to spend time with it. It’s incredibly fun and gratifying to get our customers to the point where they love the software and completely understand it.

How has your experience working at LUMEDX changed over the years?

There have been a couple ways in which my experience has changed over the years:

Teaching Method

Ten years ago, I was a young and naïve trainer. I thought that when you taught, you used an agenda, went through all the topics, and called it a day. Students would either get it or not. Now, I know that people learn in different ways. It’s my job to teach and to help our clients succeed. If someone doesn’t understand at first, it’s my responsibility to come at the subject from a different angle until they grasp the concept.

Comprehension

I’ve heard people say that you know you’ve fully comprehended a subject when you can teach it to your grandmother.  Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s not just important to teach students how to follow steps – they need to be able to understand the steps well enough to teach them to someone else. Now I try to always incorporate a “why” element into every subject that I teach. Asking why you’re doing something helps students achieve fuller comprehension.

Are there any aspects of your job that have surprised you?

Yes! After 10 years at a job, I thought I’d get bored. I’m not at all. I don’t think monotony will ever arrive, since every day brings something new. I learn new things daily, whether it’s a technical skill, a clinical aspect, or even a valuable life lesson – it doesn’t matter.

I’ve learned that I need to be receptive to learning something every day – and that learning is exciting. My hope is to impart some of what I learn to my students in a way that keeps them as excited about learning as I am!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 8:31:00 AM Categories: careers health information technology health IT HIT industry news Lumedx

Best of Health IT News: Week of 6/21/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

North American Health IT Market Forecast to Reach $31.3B by 2017

According to HIT Consultant, the North American health IT market is forecast to reach $31.3 billion by 2017, up from $21.9 billion in 2012.

11 Ways to Make Healthcare IT Easier

CIO covers 11 ways to help healthcare CIOs make improvements in their business. Tips include integrating data analytics, hiring the best EHR trainers, using mandates to enforce change, and more.

Former ONC deputy coordinator is new AMA president-elect  

FierceHealthIT reports that Robert M. Wah, M.D., has been named the president-elect of the American Medical Association. Wah served as the first deputy coordinator for the ONC from 2005-2006.

Government agency launches health IT webpage for long-term care providers

In other ONC news, the agency just launched a new webpage with info and resources for long-term and post-acute (LTPAC) providers.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 6/14/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Federal Officials Detail Health IT Industry Progress, Challenges

iHealthBeat covers Farzad Mostashari’s remarks at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s 2013 Government Health IT Conference. Mostashari said that the U.S. health system today has work to do in terms of realizing his vision where “every encounter and every patient has access to all the world’s knowledge.”

EHR Association reveals Code of Conduct

The HIMSS EHR Association just released an EHR Developer Code of Conduct, according to PhysBizTech. The code addresses issues of patient safety, interoperability, dodcumentation, privacy and security, and patient engagement.

The Importance of Health IT Adoption – From a Parent’s Perspective

Dan Bowman of FierceHealthIT shares a personal take on health IT adoption – and why it’s important to him as a parent.

What Will Google Glass Do For Health?

The big buzz these days is around Google Glass – but what can it do for healthcare? HealthITNews reports on how the device can be instrumental in allowing doctors and surgeons to view and share patient information – even if they’re scrubbed up for a procedure.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 6/7/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

3 Paths Big Data Will Blaze

With big data on everyone’s mind, Healthcare IT News covers the top three ways that data will improve the patient experience.

Meaningful use incentives ascend past $14.5B

Government Health IT reports on how the federal government has paid out $14.6 billion in EHR incentive payments to date. More than 292,000 Medicare and Medicaid eligible providers have received EHR incentive payments.

Big Data Surge From Federal Agencies Will Drive Health IT

The big story this week is the release of new federal health data by HHS, CMS, and ONC. CIO covers the news and discusses how the federal government is using data transparency as a means to drive private sector innovations in health care.

EHRs could use an infusion of mobile technology

In FierceMobileHealthcare, Editor Greg Slabdokin discusses the increasing adoption of EHRs and what it means for the future of health care. He also highlights a study released on May 30 that found that an overwhelming majority of physicians surveyed say that mobile applications are necessary in order to access data anytime, anywhere.

HHS, CMS, ONC release new health data to promote openness

EHR Intelligence reports on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s announcement that new data will be released from HHS, CMS, and ONC on a variety of health topics.

Friday, June 07, 2013 9:29:00 AM Categories: best practices data security EHR HHS industry news ONC patient experience of care

HHS, CMS, and ONC Release Federal Health Data  

On Friday we talked about how meaningful data can help physicians and other providers improve care and achieve business success. This Monday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that HHS, CMS, and ONC have released new federal health data as part of a mission to create a more transparent health care marketplace and to help researchers and consumers make informed decisions.

This release of information highlights the importance of monitoring your facility’s data, improving clinical and financial performance metrics, and ensuring that numbers are accurate. As health care data becomes more public, it is likely that more consumers will turn to metrics when choosing care options and providers. It is therefore critical that health care facilities not only deliver the highest quality care but also maintain accurate data that reflects their success.

Some notable information released includes:

What do you think of the latest release of federal health data? How has your facility used meaningful data to improve health care? 

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